Heart and Soul --

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

It's a party and everyone is invited to New Kingdom Trailriders' biggest fund-raiser of the year, its seventh annual banquet. This year's special event will be held March 5 at Circa '21 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The evening is packed with food, fun and entertainment!

Ellis Kell, a long-standing Quad Cities favorite, will be the evening's featured entertainment. Ellis has shared the stage with music icons such as B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Willie Nelson and REO Speedwagon. Along with the talented performance of Ellis and friends, Circa 21 will treat the audience to a glimpse performance of "Ring of Fire- the Johnny Cash Musical."

New Kingdom Trailriders will also conduct a silent auction throughout the evening. Some items up for bid include a South African Safari land package, local hotel packages, tandem sky dive package, golf passes, new golf driver, city packages, an Isabel Bloom, wine, gift items and much more. There is definitely something for every interest. 

New Kingdom Trailriders has added the convenience of accepting credit card for items purchased and donations. 

New Kingdom Trailriders is a not-for-profit, mission driven organization offering an equine-assisted therapeutic riding program to disabled individuals in and around the Quad Cities area. Riders of all ages take part in riding sessions offered at Schone's Friendship farm between April and September. NKT is an accredited therapeutic riding center and is proudly celebrating its 25th year in service. NKT has worked with disabilities such as Autism, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, stroke and other debilitating disorders.NKT accepts riders of all ages but the majority of the riding interest is with those under age 21.  NKT is operated mainly by volunteers and funded primarily through private support with donations, local grants and fund-raising events like the annual banquet.

NKT hopes to raise $35,000 with this year's event. Tickets are on sale now through Circa 21 box office. Space is limited so purchase tickets early. Tickets can be purchased by calling (309) 786-7733.  Corporate tables are available for purchase and corporate sponsorships are still available. For more information on these opportunities, please contact New Kingdom Trailriders' office at (309) 764-4220.  Don't miss the fun and entertaining evening while helping a very important local organization continue its special mission. 

If you would like more information about this event or New Kingdom Trailriders (NKT), or if you need directions, please contact  at (309) 764-4220 or email NKT at info@NKTriders.org. The website is at www.NKTriders.org or anyone can stop by the office located in SouthPark Mall next to Dairy Queen/Orange Julius.